If you're a voter in Spokane County, chances are there's a ballot with your name on it somewhere in the U.S. postal system.
Spokane County mailed some 260,000 ballots this week for the special election on Feb. 14 (possible slogan: Mail your ballot when you mail your Valentine). They're going to the voters in most school districts in the county.
So many school districts are having special elections that it makes more sense to say who isn't. If you live in lthe Reardan-Edwall or the Orchard Prairie district, no election. Everyone else, election.
Weather has been a bit iffy, so give the postal service a few days to get the ballot to you. If the ballot hasn't shown up by next Friday, Feb. 3, give county elections a call at 477-2320 for a replacement.
Alert voters might also notice something different about these ballots. The flap that used to seal the envelope and hide your signature is gone, because a law that governed that (yes, we have laws for such things) has changed. Not peeling the flap to check the signatures saves time, and time is money. While some voters might wonder how safe the envelopes are, county elections officials are confident that the mail boxes from the U.S. Postal Service and the drop boxes the Elections Office sets up are secure.
You've got until Feb. 14 to mail or drop off your ballot.
Drop Box Locations
Airway Heights Library 1213 S. Lundstrom St.
Argonne Library 4322 N Argonne Rd.
Cheney Library 610 First St.
Deer Park Library 208 S Forest Ave.
East Side Library 524 S. Stone St.
Elections Office 1033 W. Gardner Ave.
Hillyard Library 4005 N. Cook St.
Indian Trail Library 4909 W. Barnes Rd.
Liberty Lake Library 23123 E Mission Ave.
Medical Lake Library 321 E Herb St.
Moran Prairie Library 6004 S. Regal St.
North Spokane Library 44 E. Hawthorne
Otis Orchards Library 22324 E Wellesley Ave.
Shadle Library 2111 W. Wellesley Ave.
South Hill Library 3324 S. Perry St.
Spok. Dwntwn Library 906 W. Main Ave.
Spokane Valley Library 12004 E Main Ave.
STA Plaza 701 W. Riverside Ave.
Fairfield Library 305 E Main St.